It seems like not too long ago we celebrated El Tambó's second birthday. Well, maybe because it wasn't that long ago, it was last month. But hell, it's spring now and these evenings are perfect for outdoors dancing, especially if it involves delightful cumbia.
Like he's done so many times in the past, Logan Phillips, aka DJ Dirtyverbs, is introducing Tucson to some new sounds in the patio of Hotel Congress this evening: LA's Buyepongo, La Diabla is coming to represent Tijuana and DJ Maclovio visits from Phoenix. The trifecta is a known presence in the Valley's version of El Tambó, ¡Clandestino!, but hadn't had the chance to make it down to the Old Pueblo. Phillips made it happen because he loves us.
If you haven't listened to Buyepongo or La Diabla, jump on that. Buye's music is a fusion of cumbia, merengue, punta, salsa, son—the best of Central and South American afro-Latino sounds. Punta comes from the Garifuna people of Guatemala, Belize and Honduras and you add Colombian cumbia into the mix, thank you.
Then, there's La Diabla from the Baja California borderlands. Their cumbia sabanera is hypnotizing, just good old dirty cumbia—a lot of accordion and guacharaca.
So, come have a drink and put your hip bones to good use.